Clyde Street

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Six Degrees of Separation, Three Degrees of Influence: Linked by Play Spirit?


I have had some time this week to think about a workshop I am facilitating at the Challenge Conference at St George’s Park.

I have been contemplating what connects us and what differentiates us.

This morning I have been thinking about the play spirit that connects us and I will use this as the trigger for my workshop.

Many years ago (1978) I enjoyed reading Fred Inglis’s book The Name of the Game. In it he described how sport allows us to converse and empathise with each other. Fred is now an Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies. I liked the observation on his website:

across a wide range of social, cultural and political action, I am concerned to identify those practices and objects which we cherish as the source of value and meaning in the passage from birth to death. By this I do not mean that these values are unchanging: you give your life to a set of values as being those most likely to bring out the best in you and to shape a life of which you can be proud; they will not be the same values for past or future generations.

One of the themes in my workshop will be biography and the shaping “of a life of which you can be proud”.

For me the play spirit has been the guiding light in my journey. I think it is why I like these three videos.


From a wheat field in rural Australia:


From pavé in Europe:


and from Down Under wherever that is:

Author: Keith Lyons

Clyde Street has been my WordPress blog since June 2008. I write about learning, teaching and performing.

3 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation, Three Degrees of Influence: Linked by Play Spirit?

  1. I particularly liked the choice of videos.

    Travelling across London on the Victoria Line, to take asession, I picked up a discarded Evening Standard and (yet again) almost immediately throughth of you when I started reading this item!

  2. Thanks for finding this post, Gordon … and the Evening Standard! An interesting read. I hope your session went well.


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